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When can you start giving a baby water? My son is 5 months old and constipated...I've heard water could help. Is it too soon to give it to him?

When can you start giving a baby water? My son is 5 months old and constipated...I've heard water could help. Is it too soon to give it to him?

Now is OK: If your kid is putting out rabbit pellets then water in small (ounce) quantities may help. If you've started solids, applesauce & rice cereal have a constipating effect while barley seems to soften stools. Full strength apple or prune juice in ounce quantities will often loosen stool naturally. ...Read more

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My five month old son is constipated. (He just started eating solid foods.) Any tips or ideas on how to get his bowel movements back to normal?

My five month old son is constipated. (He just started eating solid foods.) Any tips or ideas on how to get his bowel movements back to normal?

A little juice.: If your son is having stools that are soft then he is likely not constipated, even if he is only having a bowel movement every couple of days. The introduction of solid foods can change the frequency of bowel movements as the solid foods take longer to process than milk or formula. If his stools are very firm, adding a small amount of juice to his bottles may help. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby is constipated. What can I give him to relive the problem?

My 5 month old baby is constipated. What can I give him to relive the problem?

Water: Most constipation is due to dehydration. Give him or her a little extra water or dilute his milk or formula with water. You can also try mineral oil, which is a clear oil, that you can mix with food or drink and this will naturally soften stool. If baby is throwing up, fevers, or not eating and excessively fussy, you need to contact your pediatrician. Try vaselline on rectum too. ...Read more

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I need help with 5 month old baby who is constipated?

I need help with 5 month old baby who is constipated?

CONSTIPATION: Breast fed babies can have a bowel movement every 5-7 days, or 5-7 times a day. Don't know whether your child if on breast milk. If not, give extra fluid/water, oatmeal cereal, more vegetable with some green leafy vegetables, some prune juice. Sometimes change of formula with whey protein containing one helps in regular bowel movement with bulky stool. If still concern, see baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 5 month 1 week old is very constipated has had 3 small pellet like bm like mice dropping. Is it safe and how much babylax should I use?

My 5 month 1 week old is very constipated has had 3 small pellet like bm like mice dropping. Is it safe and how much babylax should I use?

Constipation: You should modify your child's diet by reducing the amount of milk and milk products. Add prunes to the child's diet. ...Read more

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We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

We have a five month old girl child who seems to suffer from constipation, although the poops aren't extremely hard.?

Constipation: If a baby's poops are very pasty like peanut butter then they are constipated. Their poops should be soft and mushy like oatmeal (or even softer). Straining for less than 5 minutes is normal. If the straining lasts more than that they might be constipated. ...Read more

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What to give constipated 5 month old?

Water or prune juice: You can try water first, like 2-3 oz of water a day. If she is still constipated, you can give her Prune or pear juice, 2-3 oz a day. Water and juice are usually not recommended until 6 months of age, but you can her small amount for constipation. If she is still not better, may need prescription med. ...Read more

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What can I give my 5 month old for constipation?

What can I give my 5 month old for constipation?

Glycerin suppository: If a 5 month old has been pushing when pooping, or pooping firm poops, a parent can try giving the child 2-3 ounces of regular prune juice, half prune / half apple juice, or plain apple juice. A glycerin suppository can help, and can be tried first, especially in babies don't drink juice (some babies gag on juice). If the constipation is ongoing, the doctor can evaluate and offer more ideas. ...Read more

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I started my 5 month old on oatmeal with banana. She is now constipated - is there a better food to start?

I started my 5 month old on oatmeal with banana. She is now constipated - is there a better food to start?

Is the stool hard?: If the stool is hard, you have a diagnosis of "constipation." you may offer a fruit other than banana (prunes, apricots, pears) to mix in with the cereal. You may also offer a more diluted cereal with breastmilk or formula. ...Read more

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I have 5 month old he's breastfeed. He also have constipation problems. My problem is that he's got a boil right beside he's butt hole. Is thatnormal?

I have 5 month old he's breastfeed. He also have constipation problems. My problem is that he's got a boil right beside he's butt hole. Is thatnormal?

Constipation: First, is he having hard stools? If he just doesn't have a bowel movement every day, that isn't constipation unless there are hard stools. Breast fed babies don't always poop every day- that's okay. The boil near his anus needs to be seen by his doctor. They can be caused by staph infections and may need to be drained or treated with antibiotics to clear it up. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I give my 1.5 month old Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for his constipation? No bm for 2 days.

Can I give my 1.5 month old Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for his constipation? No bm for 2 days.

Not recommended: Neonates with constipation should not be given medications orally. If true constipation is present (hard balls of infrequent stools), an infant glycerin suppository can be used short term while investigating and treating the root cause. ...Read more

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My 5 month old daughter screams each time she has a bowel movement. She was constipated so we were giving her prune juice. It's not as thick now.

My 5 month old daughter screams each time she has a bowel movement. She was constipated so we were giving her prune juice. It's not as thick now.

Constipation checkup: Constipation at this age needs to be checked to rule out other medical condition that can cause discomfort while passing BM, such as a rectal fissure and other digestive problem. Prune juice and Karo syrup can provide temp relief & Vegie baby foods Adjust dose if BM's get loose. If baby is on formula, a change may be beneficial. Some breast fed babies, whose mothers have cnstipation show the sign ...Read more

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I recently introduced a bit of solids to my 5month old baby. Pureed vegs en fruits-about a tbs in 2 of his feeds. He now seems constipated. Help?

I recently introduced a bit of solids to my 5month old baby. Pureed vegs en fruits-about a tbs in 2 of his feeds. He now seems constipated. Help?

Common problem: Any change in feeds can trigger a change in stooling. The most constipating include rice cereal, bananas& applesauce. The effect can be reduced by reducing volume, or adding loseners like prune juice or apple juice. Solids at this age are not meant to replace breast milk or formula as much as teach a new feeding skill. ...Read more

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Baby given dexamethasone to treat stridor at 3.5 mo old (1 mo corrected age). Is there risk for neurological impairment if this prescription given at this age?

Baby given dexamethasone to treat stridor at 3.5 mo old (1 mo corrected age). Is there risk for neurological impairment if this prescription given at this age?

Short periods ok: Short term steroid use beneficial for respiratory problem and does not have long lasting effects. Chronic steroid use can result in complications. ...Read more

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How to treat a five month old infant?

How to treat a five month old infant?

Confusing question: Treat for what? Questions posted on the site should contain basic background information and a specific question related to the data provided. Please start over. Questions are not linked on the site. ...Read more

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How often can I give my five month old a liquid suppository?

How often can I give my five month old a liquid suppository?

Sup use infant: You can use suppository for an infant
daily until results and outcome i.e.
constipation resolve. The OTC suppository
can be used over a week trial along with
diet, fluids. If abdominal pain occurs, distention
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My five month old has a visible tooth. Is this a little earlier than average?

My five month old has a visible tooth. Is this a little earlier than average?

Almost perfect: Timing for your precious child to begin showing deciduous teeth. Usually the lower front two "baby " teeth come first, followed closely by either two more lower front teeth immediately adjacent to the first two and/or the upper front two middle teeth. You can some times witness 6-8 teeth erupt rather quickly. Enjoy! He/she will be in college very very soon! ...Read more

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Five month old stooling four times a day. He is at 60% for weight and 90% for height, no apparent weight problems. Could this be malabsorption?

Five month old stooling four times a day. He is at 60% for weight and 90% for height, no apparent weight problems. Could this be malabsorption?

May be normal: If your baby is breastfeeding, four stools daily is entirely normal. If on formula, this may still be normal. If the stools are odorous and loose, it may suggest a lactose intolerance if he/she is on a dairy-based formula, however. In any case it does not sound like malabsorption as his growth is entirely appropriate at this time. Do talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more